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The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is a fraternal organization consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. It reports a membership of over 346,000 members organized in 2,100 local chapters (lodges), state lodges, and the national Grand Lodge. The organization attempts to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. FOP subordinate lodges may be trade unions and/or Fraternal Organizations, as the FOP has both Labor Lodges and Fraternal Lodges, and describes itself as a “full service member representation organization.”
It lobbies Congress and regulatory agencies on behalf of law enforcement officers, provides labor representation, promotes legal defense for officers, and offers resources such as legal research.
What is the Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA)?
The FOPA is a civilian affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Our members are friends and families of Law Enforcement Officers, responsible and respected business persons, professional men and women and citizens from all walks of life. People willing to devote a portion of their time and efforts toward assisting the various law enforcement agencies within our communities, States and Nation.
The FOPA is a non-partisan organization, without regard to race, creed, color or religious beliefs.
The FOPA’s interests revolve around Law Enforcement and the men and women that have dedicated their lives to the protection of ours.
The FOPA actively supports Legislation, Charitable causes and all Law Enforcement efforts on a local, state and National level.
Goals of the FOPA
The FOPA is an organization formed for the purpose of increasing our understanding of the rights, duties and problems facing Law Enforcement Officers; of fostering respect for them and of improving conditions under which they serve society. We accomplish this effort through public relations as well as legislative and educational efforts. It is our aim and objective to support Law Enforcement throughout our country in every way possible. We believe that Law is the safeguard to freedom and it is our duty to defend it.
Functions and Activities
Associate Lodges work to assist their parent Lodge. They provide Law Enforcement agencies with dedicated public support.
Many Associate Lodges present Scholarships to dependents of the Law Enforcement Officers and Associate members.
Associate Lodges donate funds to Officers in need or distress, provide funds for various Law Enforcement needs and youth programs and presents awards to recognize outstanding and dedicated Law Enforcement Officers and Associate members.
Associate Lodges hold joint social functions enjoyed by members, family and friends.
Benefits of the FOPA
Members in the Grand Lodge FOPA entitles you to the following benefits:
National fraternalism with our Law Enforcement Family
Professional membership cards, decals and emblems which are recognized nationally
Recognition of outstanding Achievements through various award programs
The opportunity to attend and vote at State and National Conferences